In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, the media criticise Chelsea’s players after our disappointing exit from the FA Cup, Alessandro Del Piero discusses Maurizio Sarri’s style and Alan Shearer explains why he considers Didier Drogba as one of the Premier League’s top foreign forwards.
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Blues face criticism on BBC
It was not a good night for the Blues on Monday as our defence of the FA Cup came to an early end and the comments of pundits following the game reflected as much.
The BBC focused on Maurizio Sarri’s admission that we had played ‘confused football’ against Manchester United, and his understanding of the fans’ frustration as we bowed out of the tournament at home to a major rival.
Pundits including former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink also commented on the defeat.
‘They are inconsistent at the moment and want to play a certain kind of football,’ said Hasselbaink during the BBC’s coverage of the game. ‘It will take time but you want end product and goals. They haven’t scored enough goals but they are working on it.
‘They've got important matches coming up and they need to pick themselves up,’ he added. ‘Without the ball they showed no reaction, no hunger to get the ball back. It's all nice with the ball, but they didn't create.
‘Chelsea are in trouble. Something needs to change. The balance in midfield is not right.’
Del Piero speaks on Sarri
Juventus and Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero has had his say on Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri too, reports The Daily Mail.
'Sarri is a great coach because his teams play so good, but in order to reach that level you need time,' said Del Piero, speaking at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.
'You need good understanding between coach, players, club. It is teamwork.
'From my point of view I suggest, of course, to give him time.
'And when you have a coach that has a clear idea and schematics and understanding of the game in one way specifically, it is definitely easier if he has his own players to show what he wants.
'I am not there day by day so maybe there is some stuff they need to change daily, because I know how usually he works. It is pretty tough, it is time on the field, and strict.
'Maybe sometimes with the mentality you need to adjust, find another way to do things.
'But Chelsea showed already great games and performances at the start of the season.
'The last month was up and down, it wasn't the best, definitely. But they have organisation, they have players to re-start winning every game.'
Shearer: Drogba could do a bit of everything
Alan Shearer has named Chelsea legend Didier Drogba as one of the Premier League’s top foreign forwards, highlighting the all-round skills that the Ivorian possessed.
Speaking to the Premier League’s official website, the former England captain sang the praises of the striker, who joined the Blues from Marseille in 2004.
‘It was his build, strength, touch and technique,’ said Shearer. ‘But his greatest strength was he was an all-round team player. He could do a bit of everything for the team.
‘He could play as a target man and when Chelsea were in trouble, and that was plenty of times, they could hit that ball up to him and he’d hold it up.
‘But when they wanted to play the nice, neat football, he was good at that as well. He could link up play, take a touch, turn, and then he could smash one in from 25 yards. He wasn’t just a box player.
‘As an all-round team player, he offered so much to that team.’